callmemickey (1869) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Took forever to get the damn cork out. Eventually went to the corkscrew. Murky, muddy red-brown-purple body. Quite a bit of diversity in color depending upon the angle of the light. Bubbly head quickly receded. Spotty lacing.
S: Tart, lightly sweet raspberries. A bit of oak. Not as in your face as I was expecting.
T: Delicious. The raspberries here are sublime. A little sweet and a little tart. At no point do the flavors tip to one extreme or the other. Again , the oak is there in the backdrop adding some depth.
M: Velvety. Light-medium bodied. Good carbonation (did I really say that in relation to a LA beer?). Nice finish that lingers just a second or two, allowing the raspberry flavor to really be enjoyed.
O: After the first sip my initial thought was "I wish this was a 750ml." I really enjoyed this beer.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from bleeng.
Pours a rich, rosy red with an aroma of rotten and soured raspberries and cherry oak. Flavor is mouthpuckering raspberry and cherry, with tons of soured oak and sweet (sour) medely of fruits. Take your pick. This stuff could peel paint off a Norwegian barge. Syrupy mouthfeel. Awesome.
TheEpeeist (3057) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12.7 oz bottle. Inch and a half of sediment in the bottom but i couldnít resist opening even with the forewarnings. Well chilled i removed the cork as slowly as possible and just when i expected a soft hiss the bottle gushed about a foot and into an awaiting bowl. The initial spew looked quite like vomit but smelled heavenly. Bowl into the fridge to settle, the remaining third of a bottle into a flute. Murky maroon brown with a thin head and lots of floaties. Nose is raspberry caramel and jam; subtler notes of vanilla and wood. Tart, sour nectar with a light tingle. Taste is raspberry, watermelon and toffee slowly souring to peach skin and green apple. Finishes bone dry with oak. Beautiful fruit character with a bracing pucker. Iíll probably re-rate from a better bottle, not that it could be much better. Thanks Lost Abbey for sending a replacment.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
C&C 375 mL bottle courtesy of Bankhead. Thanks! Pours a slightly murky raspberry color with a medium tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of nice, fresh raspberries with a bit of a musty funky note. The taste is raspberry jam, sweet but with a tart mildly earthy note. Medium bodied. Tasty beer.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 375mL Bottle. Pours a mostly cloudy, ruddy brown colored body with a tall head of fizzy, pink-hued foam. Relatively clean pour after chilling the bottle down to 33F, with most of the fruit pectin visibly left in the bottom 20% of the bottle. Moderate raspberry fruit aroma, with some earthy/seedy/leafy qualities. A bold acidity is also present in the nose, both tart lactic and sour acetic qualities. Some cherry-skin like brett funkiness and dark, raisiny caramel malt sweetness as well. Light bodied, heavily carbonated mouthfeel with a dry, acidic finish. The fruit character comes across boldy enough at first, although I found the combination of a seedy plant-like fruit flavor and bold acidity overwhelmed the "brightness" of the fruit in the end. After the first few sips, my initial impression was that the acidity was balanced more toward a complex lactic, almost lambic-like sourness, sharpened by a restrained acetic quality. However, the deeper I got into my glass, the more overwhelming the acetic qualities became, shifting the focus from big, bright, dry fruit onto a lingering, acetone driven impression of sweetness. The light raisin malt flavors contributed a pleasant almost vinous like complexity in the background of the fruit and acid. Dry finish, although the lingering acetic character imparts the sensation of a lingering sweetness. Overall, a pretty good first attempt at this concept - Iíd eagerly look forward to trying subsequent batches. Ultimately, the only disappointment was this beer left me desiring a brighter, more intense fruit flavor. After tasting the pectin left in the bottom of the bottle, my impression is that the seedy, plant-like fruit flavor could be related to the sheer amount of fruit matter that made it into the bottle, and less of the acetic qualities would also help keep my focus on the fruit.
smooch (238) - Sylvania, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow..the nose is interesting a nice tart raspberry vibe. The flavor is so sour that it loses the raspberry for a me a bit when cold. Really nice even foam and highly carbonated. As expected, Iím picking up more raspberry flavor the warmer it gets. However, it is recommended to drink this at 45-50F which I donít understand because there is limited flavor at that temp. Just a real sour bomb in my opinion...I wanted more raspberry.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well, a friend brought a bottle of this to the Brick Store and the word gusher doesnít do justice to what I witnessed. Based on this, I opened my bottle outside just in case. Thank God I did because once the cork popped 3/4 of the bottle proceeded to stream out of the bottle in roughly 3 seconds. So this review is from the remaining 3oz....
The body is a murky reddish amber with lots of little floaties underneath a light pink head which leaves delicate lacing.
The aroma is awesome and really reminds me of NG Raspberry Tart in that itís crazy sweet - fresh raspberries dipped in sugar. Only a very light sourness complementing the sugary sweetness.
The taste has a much more prevalent sourness up front and it is far less sugary sweet than the aroma. There is some raspberry flavor but more straight raspberries without the heavy sugar presence.
The mouthfeel is medium to full for the style with lots of carbonation (needless to say). Dry sour finish.
This is a fantastic beer from Lost Abbey though they seemingly still have some sort of carbonation issue as Iíve never lost this much beer in a gusher. However, unlike with the flatter beers from last year, the carbonation doesnít really take away from the quality of this beer.
blklab2007 (1781) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 20, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle through trade poured a murky raspberry brown in color with a nice cracking pinkish white head that came back with a swirl. boy was getting this cork out some effort but the carbonation is great and after chilling I had no foaming issues. aroma has thick raspberry puree, light funky yeast, medium acidity, and some pie sweetness. this is bright and chewy on the berries and I quite enjoy it. flavor brings on some unexpected pucker, nice acidity, dry but not too much so. the funk here is on an even balance with the acidity. I dig the big homemade pie thing but this is still plenty sour and acidic. The brewery may get knocked but this is a winner.
changeup45 (1670) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from BOLTZ7555. Thanks Jason!!! Prepared for a possible gusher but no such problems. Pours a stunning reddish-brown color with shades of pink and topped with a fluffy head. Quality head retention with blotchy lacing. Huge fruity notes in the aroma; raspberries, cherries, vines, leaves, horseblanket funk. This thing really opens up, just a wonderful scent. Flavors follow and do not disappoint following a nice into. Puckery and sour up front then the intensity mellows a bit with lots of raspberry, barrel notes, and funk. Thereís a creamy foundation to this and I pick up some serious fresh soft raspberry flavors underneath all the sour funk. Has a funky wild berry taste to it almost like thereís a little cherry and strawberry mixing in. Dry finish with oak and some lingering tart raspberry. Really good stuff. Say what you want about LA but Tomme can make some real gems. My bottle didnít last very long. Thanks again Jason for the chance to try this.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12.7 ounces, corked & caged...2010 version, sampled June 2010: very challenging cork removal...explosive....delayed carbonation rising, though it would have gone clear out of the bottle after 15 seconds. A very slow pour yields a beautiful, cloudy red orange brown body, underneath a creamy and voluptuous off-tan pillow-top head. Strong, effervescent aroma, with only hints of raspberries, while being loaded with sour grapes, brett and horseblanket funk. Sour, lip-puckering flavour on the tip of the tongue, mellows out quite a bit after rolling around in the mouth. Lingering sweetness...with an interesting creamy dryness. The flavour profile increases in quality and complexity as the beer warms: yeasty gooeyness, red (slightly fermented) grapes, lemon zest, tart blueberries. What fun!